Dinkytown Commercial Historic District design guidelines

We're creating new design guidelines for the Dinkytown Commercial Historic District.


Buildings in the Dinkytown Historic District in 2015


The Minneapolis City Council designated the Dinkytown Commercial Historic District in 2015. The district is important for its streetcar era from 1899 to 1929.

  • Retail grew around streetcar stops. People outside of downtown could walk to stores from their homes.
  • The University of Minnesota also grew during this time, and businesses emerged to serve the University community. The buildings form the Dinkytown Commercial Historic District today.
  • The district is centered around the intersection of 4th St SE and 14th Ave SE. It has 35 properties.

Design guidelines

Design guidelines help ensure that the historic district retains its historic character. They affect changes to:

  • Buildings
  • Structures
  • Landscapes

View the draft design guidelines and a map of the district


Design guidelines process

  • Staff completed a draft in October 2023. We held two community meetings to discuss the project and the draft.
  • Staff revised the document and will present the draft to the Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) on February 13, 2024, for discussion.
  • The draft will then be sent to the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office for review.
  • Staff will bring the final draft to the HPC for adoption in a public hearing by the summer of 2024. Members of the public can give testimony at that time.


The Meneilley Block

The 1903 image shows the Meneilley Block (400 14th Ave. SE). It first appeared in the Minneapolis Journal on October 23, 1903.

The caption reads, "On the corner of Fourteenth Avenue SE and Fourth street stands this large, beautiful building, the Meneilley block. It has seventy feet of glass front and is the finest grocery in the city."

We show an image of the same building in 2023.

1903 2023
Newspaper clipping of The Meneilley Block in 1903


A building on the Meneilley Block in 2023


Community feedback

We accepted online feedback about the design guidelines through Dec. 1, 2023. Community members also could give feedback at engagement sessions.


Online meeting


Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023

Presentation and notes


Arvonne Fraser Library
1222 4th St. SE


Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2023

Presentation and notes

Contact us

Rob Skalecki

Community Planning & Economic Development (CPED)




Public Service Building
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 320
Minneapolis, MN 55415